Saturday, November 14, 2009

Florida Part 2

One of the wonderful parts about this trip was getting to spend so much time with family.  On the way down to Florida, we stopped and stayed the night in Jackson, Mississippi with Neil's Aunt Lora and Uncle Tim.  We didn't get to spend nearly enough time with our wonderful cousins before we had to head out.  

We picked up Neil's cousin Krystin in Hattiesburg and brought her down to Florida where we met up with Mimi and Papa.  Mimi met us at the door with fresh baked cookies and we immediately felt right at home.  We loved the laid back pace of beach life.  Go to the beach when you want, hunt for shells, good eating, shopping for the girls and football for the boys.  Not to mention a few mean games of dominoes and Rook!  

We were spoiled rotten that entire trip!  Not only had Mimi and Papa paid for our plush lodging, they also cooked our meals, took us out to eat and on 
shopping excursions.  Neil even got to go scuba diving!  *Wink*

Mimi and Papa and Krystin headed back Sunday afternoon, and neil and I stayed through Tuesday.  As I mentioned before, we were basically all alone.  

Since this is considered the off season, there were hardly any people around.  It felt a little like "Jurassic park", when the scientists are asked to come check out the park and give their endorsements.  It kept reminding me of the movie, because there was no one else there, not because of the threat of being eaten.... 

Anyway, we loved just being on the beach, listening to the waves and taking long walks along the shore.  
Neil enjoyed reading his book and I LOVED looking for sea shells, particularly mother of pearl shells which seemed to be plentiful this time of year.
It was so incredible to be so isolated in this beautiful area.  I would HIGHLY recommend going to Florida in October, and I hope that we can do it again.

1 comment:

Matt and Lori said...

What a wonderful and relaxing vacation! That condo certainly is gorgeous. It looks like you guys had a great time! Did you find any sand dollars? I remember hunting for those when our Phillips family went to Florida. :)